The Gibson Pewter Workshop & Learning Center
The Gibson Pewter Workshop & Learning Center
Please help us build a larger workshop & learning center to help revive interest in the traditional American craft of pewtering.
Please help us build a larger workshop & learning center to help revive interest in the traditional American craft of pewtering. Read more
About this project
ABOUT THE CRAFTSMEN
"Second generation pewterer, Jonathan Gibson, has been named by Early American Life Magazine among the 200 finest traditional craftsmen in America for 24 years! A mere glance at the pewter items lovingly made by his hands will convince any viewer that this country is blessed with a talent of national consequence in the field. I would encourage all who love beautiful, hand wrought works, to support Jon’s new workshop and learning center project in Washington Center, NH.”
- Jonathan Fairbanks Director, Fuller Crafts Museum, Brockton, MA. Curator of American Decorative Arts Emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Pewtering is a centuries old craft that played a vital economic role in Colonial America. Today it’s in danger of becoming a lost art. The purpose of this campaign is to revitalize interest in the craft of pewtering.
I would like to build a new workshop that functions like a working museum. My plan is to educate and generate excitement for the craft of pewtering. I have an amazing collection of antique tools and machinery that I use every day! Visitors to the new shop will see molten pewter poured into antique bronze molds and pewter discs being shaped into functional vessels on antique metal spinning lathes using antique hand spinning tools.
The new shop will also have a learning center. This section of the shop will feature a permanent display of antique pewter, antique pewterer’s tools and an extensive collection of reference books and materials for those who would like to learn more about the history of the craft. In time, I plan to offer classes. Perhaps the next generation of skilled pewterers is among you!
WHERE WE STAND NOW
I’ve outgrown the tiny shop my father and I built 27 years ago and it is not possible for me to expand in that location. Many of my antique tools and molds are currently in storage. Fortunately, my wife and I were able to buy a wonderful old house and barn in nearby Washington Center, NH. The barn is in good shape with a sturdy foundation and a standing seam metal roof. We received all approvals from the town for our project and we added the required parking lot last year. Now it’s time to focus on building the new workshop and Learning Center inside the barn.
SO HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We need to raise $75,000. to build the workshop, showroom and Learning Center inside the barn. The interior is raw space and we need to frame walls, install new flooring and ceilings, add electricity, insulate, finish carpentry and install a heating system.
Backing this project through Kickstarter crowdfunding will allow us to move forward right away and enable us to focus on our primary goal for the new shop, education. Every pledge we receive will be a vote for preserving an important part of our cultural heritage, the traditional American craft of pewtering.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to giving each of you a personal tour of our new shop in historic Washington Center, NH.
Reward #1 - Our deepest appreciation for your support.
Reward #2 - Our hand cast Pewter Heart will warm your hand and your heart. Keep it, or give it to a loved one. (1" x 1.25")
Reward #3 - Made exclusively for our Kickstarter campaign, our hand cast pewter Angel Ornament comes bearing a gift. Sculpted on both sides. (H. 2.5")
Reward #4 - Made exclusively for our Kickstarter campaign, our hand cast pewter Snowman Ornament is looking forward to hanging on your tree. Sculpted on both sides. (H. 2.25")
Reward #5 - Made exclusively for our Kickstarter campaign, our hand cast pewter Poinsettia Ornament will shimmer on your tree. Sculpted on both sides. (H. 2")
Reward #6 - Hand spun on an antique metal spinning lathe, our sturdy 1.5 oz. Jigger is made from heavy gauge pewter. Four incised lines on the outside and one on the inside for measurement. (H. 2")
Reward #7 - My father, Raymond Gibson, wrote Tales from the Pewter Shop in 1999. He was a master pewterer who loved everything about his work; the tools and materials, the shop, and the people he served. If you are interested in the art of making pewter, or inspired to pursue your own dreams of living your craft, Tales from the Pewter Shop has something in it's pages for you. I'll sign all copies since he passed in 2005.
Reward #8 - Choose any two of our exclusive hand cast pewter Kickstarter ornaments.
Reward #9 - All three of our exclusive hand cast pewter Kickstarter ornaments.
Reward #10 - All three of our exclusive hand cast pewter Kickstarter ornaments and three of our hand cast Pewter Hearts.
Reward #11 - The pewter Fruit Bowl is my father's masterpiece. He designed the piece in 1992. It won the prestigious Stevens Metal Award at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's 17th Annual Juried Exhibit and was acquired for the permanent collection at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1993. His production bowls, made in later years, were shorter than the one pictured. For our Kickstarter campaign I am hand metal spinning 50 of the original style Fruit Bowls on the same antique lathe my father used. Each will be stamped with my touchmark and numbered. A truly beautiful form with a prestigious history. (H. 2.5” Dia. 12”)
Please Help Spread the Word
Thank you all for your attention and support. The success of this project depends on people like you.
Risks and challenges
There are no major risks with this project. I'm an established, full time, working craftsman. The Fruit Bowls are labor intensive pieces. I will try to have all of these completed by December 1, 2017. I've listed the other pewter rewards with the same delivery date since we are building a new shop and moving from the old shop. There will be some down production time. However, I think we can deliver these pieces before the end of November, 2017. Tales from the Pewter Shop is published and ready for immediate delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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